Eminent retired Justice of the Court of Appeal, Hon. Justice Moronkeji Omotayo Onalaja Sunday passed on at 84 years after a brief illness.
Justice Moronkeji Omotayo Onalaja The jurist, who died at the University College Hospital, UCH, Ibadan, two months to his 84th birthday was the founding chairman of the Independent Ombudsman of the Nigerian press.
Born July 24, 1933, Onalaja attended the CMS Grammar School, Lagos and later attended the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he obtained LL.B degree in 1956 and the LL.M in 1958.
He was called to the English Bar at Inner Temple on June 16, 1959. A year later, he became a legal practitioner of the Supreme Court of Nigeria and joined the chambers of E. B. Craig & Co. After three years, he opened his own chambers. He was in practice for twenty years during which he handled many landmark cases.
He successfully defended Professor Soyanwo, who was charged with obstructing the convoy of the then premier of Western Nigeria, Chief Samuel Ladoke Akintola. He was also part of the legal team that secured Professor Wole Soyinka’s acquittal in the robbery of a radio tape at the Nigeria Broadcasting Corporation station in Ibadan.
In 1980, he was appointed a judge of the Lagos High Court and elevated to the Appellate Bench in 1993, where he bowed out with honour in 2003. Law reports are replete with his rulings, 99 percent of which were affirmed by the Supreme Court. A recipient of the national honour of Officer of the Federal Republic, Justice Onalaja in 2004, he also served as chairman of the Council of Legal Education for eight years.
While in private practice, he was the founding editor of the Nigerian Monthly Law Reports, consulting editor, University of Ibadan Law Journal, consulting editor, Property Law Journal of the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos.
He is also the sponsor of the Judicial Reporting category at the Diamond Award for Media Excellence (DAME)
Justice Onalaja was a devoted Anglican and survived by six children, including Mrs. Olawunmi Idowu of the Nigeria Insurance Association and Mr. Jide Onalaja, lately of Virgin Atlantic. His wife, Margaret, predeceased him in 2002.
BREAKING: ASUU meeting with FG end in deadlock, strike to continue
The meeting between the federal government and the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), on Tuesday ended without an agreement.
As a result of this, the six-month-old strike embarked on by public university lecturers is set to continue.
The lecturers met with the Professor Nimi Briggs Committee at the National University Commission (NUC) in Abuja with high hopes of resolving the impasse.
A senior member of ASUU said that members of the Briggs renegotiation committee didn’t come with any new offer on the table.
According to him, the committee pleaded with the lecturers to suspend the ongoing strike, with promises that their concerns will be included in the 2023 budget.
The meeting started at about 12pm and lasted for about three hours.
ASUU has been on strike since February 14.
Suspected thugs destroy Tinubu’s Emilokan billboard in Lagos (PHOTO)
Some persons suspected to be political thugs have vandalized a billboard of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, in Lagos.
The billboard located on the close to the third mainland bridge was destroyed on Tuesday morning.
The action sparked tension online as some APC members have accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.
EFCC recovers another 1.4bn naira for NHIS
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has recovered an additional sum of one billion, four hundred million naira (N1.4 Billion) for the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
In a statement via its official Twitter handle, the money, according to the commission, was part of the funds which some commercial banks ‘fraudulently’ refused to transmit to the Treasury Single Account, TSA, since 2015.
The statement further said the money had been released to the NHIS since August 5, 2022.
It also revealed that the Commission had in similar fashion on February 10, 2022, released a sum of N1.5bn to the scheme.
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